Gaff ketch 38′ x 34’wl x 10’6″
x 6 Lying North France
NOW -DECEMBER JUST HAD FULL HULL X-RAY SURVEY for insurance purposes- all good. If you are after a wooden boat make sure it is rot proof teak and oak and as the surveyor said, “never buy a wooden boat unless it has had its keel bolts replaced” This boat has had custom made keel bolts fitted with photographic evidence of the work and of the entire rebuild. She is built entirely of Burma teak and oak, a rare thing back in the day but the original owner was a wealthy fellow who wanted the best. I have the entire archive from commission.
Built in 1925 to a design by Fife
by Peter Dickie. Peter, spent some of his formative years with Wm
Fife at Fairlie and was responsible for many of the Dickie’s designs.
In ]923 he opened his own yard at Bangor in N Wales and working in
conjunction with William McPherson Campbell they continued in close
cooperation with the brothers at Tarbert, building both their own
designs and those of other designers including MacCallum, Fife, Fred
Shepherd and G.L. Watson. After busy war work building MTBs and MGBs
the yard passed out of the family’s ownership after the war and
finally closed in the 1980’s.
She has the Fife dragon carved at
her bow though because she was not built at Fairlie she does not have
the wheatsheaf at the stem.
During the war her dog-house and
coach-roof were removed at Robertsons and she was used for ferrying
wounded on stretchers &om ships anchored off. After the war the
coach-roof was replaced by Robertsons and she was returned to her
owners. After a few years ownership, the previous owner sold her in
the ]970’s, re-discovered her in poor condition on the Clyde in 2002,
bought her back and she underwent an extensive restoration before
being relaunched in 2003. In 2013 she was again renovated although
the work done was minor as that was all that was needed.There are
photographic records of the work done
Planked in 1 1/4.” teak all
copper and bronze fastened to 3″ x 2 1/2″ oak fames in
pairs at 3’3″ centres with 1 steamed intermediate timber on an
oak back-bone. Angle iron strap floors side bolted to the fames to
eliminate contact of the floor bolts with the exterior. External iron
ballast keel secured with 10 galvanised bolts
all renewed in 2013.
tons internal lead ballast. Small self
draining cock-pit aft with traditional teak
spoked wheel to hydraulic steering, teak grating and teak side seats
to stowage under the side decks. A varnished teak grating seat is
placed across the push-pit to protect the hydraulic rams.
Varnished teak coach-roof and
dog-house with twin doors, seats either side and a shelf across the
forward face with nav instruments. Steps to below.
The coach-roof is fitted with
opening bronze port holes each side, a midships sliding entrance
hatch with sky-lights forward and aft all in varnished teak. Teak
grab rails each side. Varnished teak fore hatch on the fore deck.
New straight-laid teak over ply
deck with varnished teak cover-boards and toe rails. Regalvanised
stancion posts, pull and push-pits. Galvanised stemhead fitting with
fore stay attachment point and twin chain rollers.
The teak planking was completely
refastened with 1,400 2 1/2″ silicon bronze screws.
A new laminated stem was made and
fitted with new breast hook.
A number of fames were replaced
in laminated timber.
The whole hull was recaulked and
the seams below the w/l payed with Sikaflex, the seams above wl payed
80% of the starboard beam shelf
A new rudder made in epoxy/glass
sheathed ply and fitted with new Wills Ridley hydraulic steering
gear. All new deck beams and knees.
New deck laid in teak over a
marine ply sub deck.
The dog-house roof was replaced
in canvas sheathed t&g pine.
The vessel was rewired with all
new electric gear and fittings.
Internal ballast replaced in
Much of the interior was rebuilt.
All new equipment, tanks etc
supplied and fitted.
Ford 85hp 4-cyl diesel supplied
by Lancing Marine in flexibly mounted on new engine beds with PRM
hydraulic gearbox, single lever controls to centre-line 3-blade prop
gives 8knts max. 1 1/4 gph.
80 gall s/s fuel tank under the
Full engine instrumentation.
4 x 12v batteries on 12v
240v circuit with shore power
Gaff ketch rig on varnished pole
masts. The main stepped through the deck just forward of the
coach-roof, the mizzen stepped through the dog-house roof onto the
cross beam shelf. Galvanised mast fittings. Slab reefing varnished
booms. Varnished gaffs with leathered gaff saddles. S/s mast hoops on
the mainsail.Galvanised rigging
wire with s/s rigging screws to s/s eye bolts in the deck through the
beamshelves. Running back-stays on Highfield levers to the main.
Single stemhead fore stay.
of new top action bronze sheet winches either side of the cock-pit.
All traditional varnished block and tackles to halyards.
mizzen, new genoa, 3 smaller headsails. Spinnaker with varnished
pole. New mizzen staysail.
berths.plus V -berths in the fore cabin so 8 total due to being extremely well planned out. A locker and drawer unit against
the aft port bulkhead makes the port berth a little shorter. Fore
hatch over. Chain locker forward with electric windlass battery.
Stowage under the berths. Bulkhead doorway with curtain, mast in way,
cabin with port and stbd Chesterfield-style seating with buttoned
cloth upholstery. Colin Frake solid fuel stove against the forward
stbd bulkhead with flue to deck. Varnished teak locker units at the
head of each settee. White painted t&g bulkheads. Brass clock and
barometer on the forward port bulkhead.
bulkhead to the port galley with useful vertical grab post on the
corner. Deep, square s/s sink in the formica work surface edged with
deep varnished fiddle rail, Nelson gimballed gas cooker with oven,
plate stowage outboard under the side deck. Pressurised H&C, sink
drains overboard. Varnished teak sky-light above with suspended oil
lamp. White painted deckhead.
to stbd is the heads compartment with Blake sea toilet and porcelain
sink in the corner, pressurised H&C, drains overboard.
ladder to the midships entrance hatch in the coach-roof.
side passageway aft to the owner’s cabin with generous port and stbd
berths. Varnished teak t&g bulkheads and joinery. Bench seat in
front of the port berth with hanging locker on the aft bulkhead, drop
down table off the fWd bulkhead. Original panelled teak doors.
again to the aft cabin with port and stbd quarter berths, engine
under a large varnished ply box in the middle against the fWd
bulkhead. Steps to the dog-house.
head-room throughout. Painted pine sole boards. White painted
water from calorifier tank heated by the engine cooling water and
240v immersion heater when on shore power. 40 gall + flexible fresh
water tank in the midships bilge.
and Nasa sounders
SX35 DSC VHF radio
battery maintenance system. 6-man life raft.
and Fisherman anchors.
meter new chain.
delightful, smart, teak motor sailer, inspected and found to be ready
for sea and thoroughly sea-proven after a major rebuild and a couple
of seasons cruising. This is a chunky, tough little ship with
manageable sail area, a powerful new engine and a very comfortable
cabin. There is a walk on mooring in northern France included in the
sale. There is an 8yr waiting list for these.
Interested in part exchange vintage car / tractor etc.
Current Price: £69000.00
This Classic Wooden Sailing Cruising Yacht All Teak Fife Gaff Ketch Fully Renovated boat is located in Gosport, po12 1ah and is being sold on eBay by fido740.